Senior Engineering Manager



Cape Town, South Africa
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023
Who We Are

Yoco is a payments provider for over 200k self-employed small businesses that launched in 2015 and today processes over US$2 billion annually. We are on a mission to open commerce for all and to do this we are breaking down barriers and unlocking economic opportunities that enable people to thrive.

We have ~350 team members globally, operating across international markets, all with a bias for boldness, and a passion for simple, progressive solutions. We believe in uniting different people to solve hard problems together.

Our mission of making society more equal takes a variety of people, with different backgrounds and points of view, so we can keep building solutions that work for and include everyone.

We’re growing fast. With growth comes compelling challenges, which means that if you’re an ambitious problem-solver with big ideas you will be challenged, stimulated and will thrive at Yoco. You have a passion for doing good. You’re bright and grounded, experimental and courageous.

We don’t stop pushing, we break things to rebuild, we challenge ourselves and each other. We’re constantly evolving — and we’re doing it fast.

Grow With Us.

About The Role

As a Senior Engineering Manager in App Experience, you will manage up to 15 full stack and backend engineers that work in 2 teams, namely:

  • Signup & Onboarding: This is a full stack team that builds and manages our signup and onboarding products, including KYC (Know Your Customer).
  • Auth & Identity: This is a full stack team (leaning towards backend) that builds and manages our authentication, authorization and profile platform.

This role reports to the Director of Engineering.

What You Will Be Doing

Engineering Managers at Yoco focus on the following:

  • People: Retain and grow existing talent, and attract new talent. As a Senior Engineering Manager you will lead up to 15 software engineers spread across 2 teams.
  • Practices: Continuously improve engineering practices. As a Senior Engineering Manager you will be expected to recommend initiatives and lead multiple initiatives across Engineering that improve engineering practices.
  • Delivery: Just as Product Managers are accountable for what teams build, Engineering Managers are accountable for how the what is delivered to our customers. To implement the how requires a detailed understanding of the what. We expect timely delivery with industry-leading quality and non-functional requirements (e.g. security, performance, etc.).
  • Technical: Contribute to the Yoco technical direction and ensure that your teams are aligned with this technical direction. This might mean getting technically involved (e.g. coding, code reviews, etc.) to ensure that the initiatives move forward.

About You

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer
  • 5 to 7+ years of experience managing up to 15 individuals
  • Experience leading a globally distributed team
  • A track record of retaining, growing and retaining great people
  • Experience in managing engineering teams in a product-based company (instead of a services-based company)
  • Experience in driving business success and product development in a highly cross-functional organisation
  • The ability to thrive with a high level of autonomy and responsibility
  • Experience in payments is a bonus
  • Experience in signup, onboarding, KYC, authentication, authorization and profile platforms is a bonus.

What’s Next

If you qualify for this position, and our mission and values resonate with you, please apply.

Please note that this is a remote based position and we are open to applications from candidates based in South Africa.

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and ask that you please send your application in English and help us reduce unconscious bias by leaving out your picture, age, address, and other unnecessary information in your CV.


The Yoco formula is a validated approach to work and a set of behaviours that create maximum value for our customers and help us grow.

Core Values - Our way of working to create value & grow

  • Stay Connected
  • Make Space to Explore
  • Keep it Simple
  • Master your Craft

Core Behaviours - How we show up, engage & treat each other

  • Get to know each other personally
  • Say what you think
  • Be courageous and focus forward
  • Don’t let ego get in the way

To support this, we have built a role-based organisation where every individual is given the space to focus and develop their innate strengths. Everyone at Yoco has the opportunity to lead a project and become a specialist, enabling flexibility, collaboration and accountability at all levels. You will be working with a diverse, motivated and skilled team who will continuously stretch you as an individual. To learn more about our culture, subscribe to our Exposure Gallery.

Join us on a meaningful journey at Yoco, and help enable our merchants to thrive through Open Commerce!

Yoco is a growing African Fintech, enabling people to thrive through open commerce.

Founded in 2015, Yoco now processes over US$2 billion annually, and we’re the payments provider for over 200 000 self-employed.

By 2024 we aim to serve 3 million entrepreneurs, becoming the leading Open Commerce ecosystem for small business, across Africa and the Middle East.